by S. Rotan Hale
Simply put, the annual Henry Street Heritage Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. This year’s event was a first as it was held in the renovated Elmwood Park in downtown. The newly developed grounds and amphitheater proved to be all that they were designed to be and greatly enhanced the experience for thousands who came to “Celebrate the Soul of the City…” as this year’s theme suggested.
Now in its 25th year, the event offered the usual ‘something for everyone’ line-up and organizers raised the bar with a broad range of entertainment on center stage. Vendors were lightand those offering food experienced lines that were steady, long and the food was plentiful and good.
Gospel is a must at any festival celebrating African-American culture. Favorites as The Spiritual Seven are a staple at such functions.and Larnell Starkey and his group certainly rose to the occasion. The extraordinary voices of The Lawrences, a brother and sister duet out of Los Angeles also graced the audience with some seriously soul satisfying gospel.
After everyone got their spiritual fix, a scaled down Roanoke Symphony group backed local vocalist Jane Powell for a delightful afternoon set. Powell always shakes things up with her treatment of various pop standards and incorporates personal antics that contribute to her sustained popularity.
First African American Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge in Western VA
Former 11th Distric Delegate Onzlee Ware has been appointed Judge to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Roanoke’s 23rd Judicial District.
The 50th Class Reunion of Lucy Addison High Class of 1964 was celebrated at the Holiday Inn in Roanoke. The reunion was attended by classmates from as far away as Alaska, Virgin Islands, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Washington, DC and Roanoke.
Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) recently honored the 75th anniversary of the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. by presenting Virginia General Assembly House Joint Resolution 5081 to the General Assembly and then to the members of the sorority at their annual Sisterhood breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.